If you are considering surgical weight loss surgery, Surgical Specialists should be your practice of choice. Our bariatric surgeons are experts in the surgical management of obesity and will treat you the dignity, respect and compassion you deserve throughout your entire surgical journey. Our kind and caring bariatric weight loss doctors and staff go to great lengths to make you feel comfortable and will always make your health and well-being their top priority. We value the patient-doctor relationship and want all patients to have the opportunity to make a comfortable and confident choice about their weight loss surgery partner and journey.
Meet Our Bariatric Surgeons
Dr. J. R. Salameh is a Board-certified general surgeon and a fellowship trained laparoendoscopic surgery specialist. He is the current Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center. After obtaining his M.D. from Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon), Dr. Salameh did his General Surgery training at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and then completed a Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas). Prior to joining Surgical Specialists at Virginia Hospital Center in July 2007, he was Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Surgery Simulation Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS). He currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery (Clinical) at Georgetown University.
Dr. Salameh performs a wide range of minimally-invasive gastrointestinal and endocrine surgical procedures-including laparoscopic weight loss surgeries. He is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center. He takes a laparoscopic (“key hole”) approach to operations on the esophagus, stomach, bowels, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and adrenal glands whenever possible. In addition, he performs surgery on the thyroid and parathyroid glands and is nationally recognized as an expert on both traditional and minimally-invasive hernia surgery.
Dr. Salameh is fully certified by the American Board of Surgery in all aspects of general surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, American Hernia Society and several other national groups. The author of numerous publications and journal articles, Dr. Salameh is also a frequent lecturer and scientific presenter proficient in English, French and Arabic.
Dr. Salameh is married to Carla and has three sons. He enjoys sports, reading, home improvement and the theatre.
After finishing his residency in Baltimore, Dr. David went on to complete a Bariatric Surgery Fellowship in 2014. He attended University of Maryland for both his undergraduate and medical degrees, and has been in the DC area for 17 years. Dr. C. Steeve David joins Surgical Specialists with a particular skill in bariatric surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery performing surgery with small keyhole incisions for a variety of cases.
Dr. David approaches patient care with open communication, saying, “I like to inspire comfort as well as confidence in the patient in his or her treatment plan. The best course of action is determined based on a thorough discussion with the patient and all therapeutic options.”